A new parking scam is swindling drivers out of money. WCNC investigated the con job happening in uptown.
The Better Business Bureau said there have been seven reports of drivers receiving fake citations after parking in private lots in South End and Uptown Charlotte. Unsuspecting victims pay the fines online not realizing it’s a scam.
Here are the ways to spot a questionable ticket. Privately owned lots will usually tow or boot a car if it’s in violation. So, if someone gets a parking ticket for parking in a privately owned lot, they should triple-check that it’s legitimate. If the ticket says violators can pay the fine with Paypal or Venmo, Bartholomy said that’s a red flag. If the citation claims to be from the city or police but the car is on private property, that is also a red flag.